It is the perfect time to make this easy valentine craft; a pink and red Valentine’s Day Gnomes DIY.
Gnomes are easy and quick to assemble.
However, what can be time-consuming is deciding on all the pretty materials and trimmings 😉
But it’s a creative and delightful time! So let’s get started.
I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Valentine’s Day Gnomes
All of the charming handmade gnomes on this website were designed and lovingly created by gnome artist Ruth Johnson of Own a Gnome.
Where did gnomes originate?
Diminutive gnome figures emerged in Europe in the early 1600s as a symbol of good luck. In the mid to late 1800s, small clay statues could be found in Germany, and they resemble the garden gnomes we know today.
What do gnomes symbolize?
These earthly beings were usually depicted in medieval mythologies and German fairy tales as small gruff elderly men that guard their land and treasures hidden in the earth. Though few people believe in the existence of gnomes, gnome statues are still considered to bring good luck.
How do you Make a DIY Valentine’s Gnome?
Make your Gnome Valentine with pink, red, or white valentine-themed fabrics, recycled sweaters, trimmings, and props.
Check out the full-color ebook to create a Valentine-Inspired Chef for more ideas. See it in the Gnome Pattern Shop.
Start with our base gnome pattern and make any holiday-themed gnome. Subscribe to download the pattern from the free library.
Free Gnome Pattern
Make a gnome pattern yourself, or Subscribe to download our FREE pattern, plus receive the GNOME newsletter.
After you sign up, you will receive an email with the login information to enter the free library.
You will then have full access to this pattern and all project files. (Be sure to look in your SPAM folder if you cannot find the email.)
In the library, look for a small photo of the gnomes. Click the picture to open the PDF, and next click the icon to download the pattern.
Use this DIY gnome tutorial after downloading and printing the pattern. Then, scroll down to the bottom portion of the blog post to read the gnome instructions.
Don’t forget the gnome posts page, too! 😃
Below are some of Ruth’s materials, trims, tools, and supplies she uses to make her gnome Valentine creations.
Remember, now you are the gnome artist; some are optional, use whatever you like!
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Bodies Recycled Sweaters, fabric, or mid-weight polar fleece
Gnome Hats Recycled Sweaters or Craft Felt
Faux Beards White, light pink, or blonde craft faux fur
Gnome Noses Natural mini wood beads HERE
Gnome Clothing recycled sweaters, tulle, or specialty fabrics
Regular or Floral Wire approximately 18 gauge, or
Rubber Bands optional
Pipe Cleaners HERE optional
Pattern Download see info above
Sewing Scissors HERE
Adjustable Temp. Glue Gun HERE
All Temp. Glue Sticks HERE
Pencil or Marker
Washed Pea Gravel for filling
Polyester Batting for filling
Trims and Embellishments
This is the perfect holiday to incorporate the feminine and ornate qualities of the LOVE holiday!
Think ruffles, lace, sparkle, and shine. Don’t hold back. 🙂
Where to Buy Supplies
You can utilize a wide assortment of fabrics and craft supplies for gnomes!
Use your imagination to dream up all kinds of creative props, etc.
Ruth uses various ribbons, badges, buttons, trinkets, and props.
She also loves to hunt for unique materials at local stores and online retailers.
Sewing and Craft Stores
Look for fabrics, felts, ornamentation, and charms at your sewing and arts and crafts stores.
The inventory is abundant and perfect for making your gnome creations special.
JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby are excellent nationwide sources.
Scour the art, sewing, jewelry, doll-making, and kitchen departments for more inspiration. Don’t miss the clearance areas, also.
Try variety stores (i.e., Dollar Tree), discount stores (i.e., Big Lots), and thrift stores, such as Goodwill or Savers, for materials.
Check the ladies, guys, and children’s apparel sections for inexpensive and imaginative finds.
Look through the accessories department for scarves, hats, or capes.
You can also use old trims and buttons from those vintage items.
Ruth regularly finds recycled sweaters for the gnome’s body and arms at secondhand stores.
Online Retail Sources
Ruth scours Etsy.com and Amazon.com for trims, patches, props, etc.
Additionally, she shops on Facebook Marketplace and periodically locates old sweaters, buttons, or other adornments there.
Many embellishments are available in sets on these sites, which work great if you make multiple gnomes.
Remember you can separate large decorations. For example, use the tinier pieces to decorate numerous gnomes.
Enjoy these adorable Pink and Red Valentine’s Day Gnomes.
Leave a comment below if you make one for yourself or it you have a question. I’m always happy to help.
Happy LOVE Day! 💕
Other Gnome Projects
How to Make DIY Gnomes
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Easter bunny gnome e-book
Fourth of July gnomes
Halloween gnome e-books
Christmas ornament gnomes
Ornament gnome e-book
Wine Topper gnomes
Bottle Topper gnome ebook
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